GIACOMO PUCCINI. Italian operatic composer.
Autograph sketch leaf from the Bible Scene from the composers opera, La Fanciulla del West [The Girl of the Golden West]. Two pages [recto and verso], folio [14 by 9 inches], on lined music paper. Puccinis working manuscript, with corrections and deletions, thirty bars total, scored for voice and accompaniment.
While visiting New York in 1907, Giacomo Puccini attended Belascos play, The Girl of the Golden West, and was encouraged by his friend Sybil Seligman to create an operatic version. La Fanciulla was first performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York on December 10, 1910 with Caruso singing the role of Dick Johnson and Emmy Destinn as Minnie; Arturo Toscanini was the conductor. The opera was a great success, and Puccini received 55 curtain calls on opening night.
Matted in sand and cocoa with a waist-length portrait photograph of Giacomo Puccini in vest, coat and bow tie. Framed in antiqued gilt measuring 22 1/2 inches wide by 21 inches high.
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- Musicians / Composers